Arrows push Storm all the way in final

Robert Clyburn, Killamarsh Arrows top scorers, in action during the Patrons Cup final.

Robert Clyburn, Killamarsh Arrows top scorers, in action during the Patrons Cup final.

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Brave Killamarsh Arrows basketball team came within a whisker of bringing a national trophy home to north Derbyshire.

They missed out on the Patrons Cup by the narrowest of margins - with holders Hemel Storm retaining the trophy for a second year with a tight 73-70 victory.

Throughout the final, the men who call Killamarsh Sports Centre home remained close to their opponents but in the final few seconds they lost out.

It was, however, a gallant battle by the young Arrows team which won the admiration of everyone who attended the final at Leicester as they pushed the Storm crew to their limits.

Leading points-scorer for the Killamarsh men was Robert Clyburn with 20 and 13 rebounds.

He was well supported by Joseph Baugh with 14 and James Kelly 10.

Pictured is Clyburn in action during the final.

Elsewhere, there was continued success for Arrows junior teams, with a pair of victories at Durham Wildcats.

Killamarsh Arrows U18s made a slow start, trailing 23-11 but surged back to win 80-69, their fourth victory in a row.

Meanwhile, the U14s went into three figures, defeating the Wildcats 116-38.

The U14s have a home game on Saturday at 3.30pm, immediately before Arrows men.